NGC 4833

NGC 4833

NGC 4833
NGC 4833 by Hubble Space Telescope; 3.5′ view
Credit: NASA/STScI/WikiSky
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Class VIII[1]
Constellation Musca
Right ascension 12h 59m 33.92s[2]
Declination –70° 52′ 35.4″[2]
Distance 21.5 kly (6.6 kpc)[3]
Apparent magnitude (V) +7.79[4]
Apparent dimensions (V) 13′.5
Physical characteristics
Mass [3] M
Radius 42 ly[5]
Metallicity –1.71[6] dex
Estimated age 12.54 Gyr[6]
Other designations GCl 21,[4] Lacaille I.4
Dunlop 164, Bennett 56

NGC 4833 is a globular cluster discovered by Abbe Lacaille during his 1751-1752 journey to South Africa, and catalogued in 1755. It was subsequently observed and catalogued by James Dunlop and Sir John Herschel whose instruments could resolve it into individual stars.

The globular cluster is situated in the very southerly constellation Musca at a distance of 21,200 light years from Earth. It is partially obscured by a dusty region of the galactic plane. After corrections for the reddening by dust, evidence was obtained that it is in the order of 2 billion years older than globular clusters M5 or M92.

See also


  1. ^ Shapley, Harlow; Sawyer, Helen B. (August 1927), "A Classification of Globular Clusters", Harvard College Observatory Bulletin (849): 11–14,  
  2. ^ a b Goldsbury, Ryan et al. (December 2010), "The ACS Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters. X. New Determinations of Centers for 65 Clusters", The Astronomical Journal 140 (6): 1830–1837,  
  3. ^ a b Boyles, J. et al. (November 2011), "Young Radio Pulsars in Galactic Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal 742 (1): 51,  
  4. ^ a b "SIMBAD Astronomical Object Database". Results for NGC 4833. Retrieved 2006-11-17. 
  5. ^ distance × sin( diameter_angle / 2 ) = 42 ly. radius
  6. ^ a b Forbes, Duncan A.; Bridges, Terry (May 2010), "Accreted versus in situ Milky Way globular clusters",  
  1. CCD Photometry of the Globular Cluster NGC 4833 and Extinction Near the Galactic Plane, Melbourne et al., 25 September 2000, Astrophysics Journal

External links

  • Discovery and early observations
  • Basic information and data
  • Photographed by the Antilhue amateur astronomical observatory
  • Photometry applied to NGC 4833
  • Position relative to nearby cluster NGC 4372
  • NGC 4833 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images